Four US freestyle snowboarders nominated for Youth Olympics

07 January 2016 11:38
Jake Pates has so far two World Cup starts under his belt
Jake Pates has so far two World Cup starts under his belt -
Sarah Brunson

U.S. Snowboarding is sending a foursome to the up-coming Youth Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway which can be most certainly called a quartet of gold aspirants.

In both freestyle snowboard disciplines, the Stars and Stripes will be represented by some outstanding talents.

The team is led by no one else but Chloe Kim (La Palma, CA), the 2015 X Games SuperPipe champion who is ready to gild her first Olympic experience.

The 15-year-old pro team athlete and self-proclaimed 'city girl' is the hottest thing in snowboarding right now and definitely the one to beat in the race for a YOG halfpipe gold.

In the men's halfpipe event, it's Jake Pates (Eagle, CO) who has earned his spot thanks to his outstanding last two competition years.

The 17-year-old not only brought home a fourth rank from the 2014 European Open but also won the overall 2015 Revolution tour in slopestyle.

However, it will be Nik Baden (Steamboat Springs, CO) dropping in for the US in the slopestyle event in Norway.

The 17-year-old is a member of the U.S. Snowboarding slopestyle team.

He finished eighth at the X Games in 2015 and went on to win the Mammoth Mountain stop of the Revolution Tour.

At the age of 16 he barely missed the Olympic team headed to Sochi, so look for him to do well when he makes his YOG appearance in 2016.

In the women's event, Team USA will pin its hopes on Hailey Langland (San Clemente, CA), a 15-year-old who recently scored a podium finish at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, CO with a third-place run that included technical rail tricks and spins in all four directions.

The 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games will be held in Lillehammer, Norway February 12-21.

The 2016 event marks the second instalment of the Winter Youth Olympic Games and will feature over 1,100 young athletes aged 15-18 competing in winter events.

Alongside competition, the teens will also learn the spirit of the Olympic Games, so that they may become strong ambassadors of their sports.